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Are you interested in a possible career as a professional genealogist? Want to learn how the pros approach genealogy research or tackle tough ethical situations? The APG's live webinars are open free to the public. Registration information for our upcoming webinars is included below.

Missed a webinar? Recordings of five+ years of past webinars are available to APG members as a benefit of membership. We would love to have you join us!


Event Details
Monday, February 17, 2020
8:00p.m. EST

Productivity Hacks
Presenter: Melissa A. Johnson, CG®

Registration required:

Learn about productivity hacks for managing a genealogy business, including the use of time tracking apps, invoicing platforms, project management software, bookkeeping options, virtual assistants, and other technology tools to help professional genealogists simplify administrative and billable tasks and save time and money.

About the Presenter: Melissa A. Johnson, CG® is a New Jersey-based professional genealogist specializing in genealogical research; writing, editing, and publishing; using DNA to solve genealogical problems; and forensic genealogy. She focuses on researching families with roots in New Jersey, New York City, Pennsylvania, and the British Isles. Her work has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, NGS Monthly, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and other publications.

Monday, March 16, 2020
2:00p.m. EDT

Lucidchart for the Professional Genealogist
Presenter: Emily H. Hackett-Fiske

Registration required:

Learn how Lucidchart, an online diagram-building and visualization app, can help the professional genealogist by creating genealogical diagrams and charts with ease for your business. This software gives the user freedom when developing diagrams, offers the opportunity to enhance them with links, images, and notes, and collaborate in real time with other professionals and clients. Lucidchart integrates with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, G-Suite and other applications. Emily H. Hackett-Fiske will present several examples of work items that were created by using Lucidchart.

About the Presenter: Emily H. Hackett-Fiske is a professional genealogist focusing on using DNA evidence in solving complex genealogical research hurdles. She specializes in adoption and misattributed parentage along with Vermont and New Hampshire research. Emily is passionate about genealogical research and education. With her extensive background in the physical sciences and engineering fields along with her education degree, she has created a strong foundation in being an effective genealogical researcher and educator. Emily is an instructor in the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate Program for the forensic and genetic genealogy module. She provides additional educational opportunities through local speaking engagements and webinars. She is proud to call herself a New Englander with deep roots within the New England area.

Monday, April 20, 2020
2:00p.m. EDT

Marketing for Genealogists: Developing Products
Presenter: Jan Joyce, DBA, CG, CGL

Registration required:

This webinar will focus on two aspects of marketing for genealogy that can enhance every professional genealogist’s business. First, we will discuss product development. That may sound sophisticated for a genealogy business but creating a few “products” will help customers, especially new prospective clients, understand what they are buying. It helps to set a price limit and well as a deliverable that your customer will understand. We will define, describe, and brand a few standard products that you can implement “as is” or customize them to work for you and your business. Second, we will discuss referrals and how to get more. You’ve heard of word-of-mouth marketing, that is a referral…and the best way to get business! We will share methods of gaining referrals that are easy to implement – you can start immediately! Some of the methods will be online, and others will be in-person, so whatever suits your style, there will be ideas for you. Don’t let marketing become a brick wall in building and growing your business! These topics will be presented and discussed in a format that is easily understood and relevant to your genealogy business.

About the Presenter: Jan Joyce, DBA, CG, CGL, is a genealogy researcher whose personal work has focused on Ohio, Pennsylvania, England and Norway. She began researching in 1998 to understand genealogy customers when she managed the marketing initiatives at Before beginning her genealogy career, she earned marketing degrees from Miami University, The Ohio State University and Golden Gate University. Jan has taught marketing classes as an adjunct professor. Her genealogy education has stemmed from attending institutes to participating in peer study groups. She enjoys studying, writing and teaching about genealogy methodology.

Monday, May 18, 2020
2:00p.m. EDT

Genealogy's Community of Practice: Developing Genealogical Education
Presenter: Tahitia McCabe, MLS

Registration required:

Genealogy as an academic discipline is rooted in professional level research. It is influenced by and influences a community of practice (practitioners who have a broadly common way of working). This webinar will discuss ways in which genealogy educators can best teach and support students through their academic journey as they become researchers ready to join our community of practice. How are topics developed into a genealogical curriculum and teaching materials? Challenges around developing practical exercises will be focused on and examples will be given from the University of Strathclyde’s MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies and its MOOC (Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree).

About the Presenter: Tahitia McCabe, MLS, PG Diploma Genealogical Studies is the course director of the Master’s Programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic studies at the University of Strathclyde. She holds an MLS from Syracuse University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She is currently a PhD candidate working on a study of Americans in Scotland, 1850-1900.

Monday, June 15, 2020
8:00p.m. EDT

Risky Business: Limiting Liability in a Litigious World
Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Registration required:

"If you don't ..., I'll sue!" Words to strike terror into the heart of any modern professional. So how does a genealogist manage business risks, and limit liability in a litigious world? Join The Legal Genealogist for an overview of things we all can do to keep business-related risks as low as possible.

About the Presenter: The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell,is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her award-winning blog is at

Monday, July 20, 2020
2:00 p.m. EDT

How DNA Can Help Your Work as a Professional Genealogist
Presenter: Maurice Gleeson

Registration required:

There are various ways in which the professional genealogist can incorporate DNA into their professional work. This talk will give a general overview of how DNA can be used as a complement for general genealogical work, and will focus specifically on how it can help adoptees and foundlings find birth family. Newer applications such as forensic genetic genealogy will be explored as well as issues around this work including consent, privacy, hacking and government misuse. Some practical hints & tips on how to safeguard yourself and your clients will be presented.

About the Presenter: Maurice Gleeson is a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician as well as a genetic genealogist. He is administrator of several Surname DNA Projects, including the Gleason, Spearin, Farrell, & O'Malley Projects. He also works with adoptees and with people of unknown parentage and has appeared on Irish TV as a consultant for the TV series Adoption Stories. He authors several blogs (e.g. DNA and Family Tree Research) and is a regular contributor to genealogical magazines. His YouTube videos on genetic genealogy are very popular. He has organised the DNA Lectures for "Genetic Genealogy Ireland" in Dublin and "Who Do You Think You Are" in the UK since 2012, as well as given talks all over Ireland, the UK, and internationally. He was voted "Genetic Genealogist of the Year 2015” (SurnameDNA Journal) and “Superstar / Rockstar Genealogist, Ireland” in 2016 & 2017 (Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections).

Monday, August 17, 2020
2:00 p.m. EDT

Utilizing Evidentia for Client Projects
Presenter: Cari A. Taplin

Registration required:

Evidentia is a source-focused software that allows users to analyze documents in a way that traditional genealogical software does not. It is a useful tool in helping researchers organize, evaluate, and analyze their evidence according to industry standards. Learn how Evidentia can be used in client projects and building reports.

About the Presenter: Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but migrated to Wyoming, Colorado and now Pflugerville, Texas, which is just outside Austin. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves on the board of the Association for Professional Genealogists. She is the Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research, and consultation services. Cari focuses on midwestern and Great Lakes states and methodology. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife and mother of two teenagers.

Monday, September 14, 2020
8:00 p.m. EDT

Scrivener for Professional Genealogists
Presenter: Kimberly Powell

Registration required:

Learn how to use Scrivener to help plan, organize, write, and publish various types of genealogical projects. In this lecture, you will how to set up your project, navigate Scrivener’s various tools and features, plan and organize your research, write, revise, and export.

About the Presenter: Kimberly Powell is a genealogical researcher, author, editor, and volunteer. She is past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, serving seven years as a board member and on the Professional Development Committee. Kimberly was the Genealogy Expert with ( for sixteen years. She is the author of several books, including most recently "The Challenge of Endogamy and Pedigree Collapse" in Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies and The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition (Adams Media, 2014). She has also contributed to several popular genealogy magazines, including BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, Family Tree Magazine, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Kimberly is an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), as well as in the online Genealogical Research Certificate course offered through Boston University. Kimberly specializes in family history research in southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina. She has extensive experience at full-family genealogies, including immigrant families, branching out through multiple states, countries, and time periods. Other specialties include land research, land platting, complex problem-solving, and DNA analysis.

Monday, October 19, 2020
8:00 p.m. EDT

Chart Your Own Course: Education Plans for Genealogists
Presenter: Diane MacLean Boumenot

Registration required:

Do you find you've become more of a genealogical teacher than learner? Have you been sharpening your skills in some areas but ignoring others? Nothing increases research quality and productivity more than thorough knowledge, and yet many accomplished genealogists worry about spending time and/or money on their own education. Exploring the wide range of today's new learning opportunities can not only help you broaden your own professional reach but also help you provide up-to-date educational advice for clients. If you are newer to genealogy, this is a great time to create the best education plan for you.

About the Presenter: Diane MacLean Boumenot is a New England genealogist with a degree in History from Wesleyan University. The author, with Maureen Taylor, of the 2018 NGS Research in the States volume on Rhode Island, Diane has lectured through Legacy Family Tree Webinars and at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference. She is a graduate of ProGen 28 and Coordinator of ProGen 40. Diane has had a long career in association management and also volunteers with several New England genealogical societies.

Monday, November 16, 2020
8:00 p.m. EST

Reclaiming Ancestral Citizenship: Responsibilities, Value, and Understanding the Law
Presenter: Melanie D. Holtz, CG

Registration required:

Over the last twenty years, the need for professional genealogists who specialize in reclaiming ancestral citizenship has grown tremendously. Based on the principle of jus sanguinis or “right of blood,” at least 60 countries around the world allow dual citizenship. This webinar will focus on the responsibilities of this type of work for a professional genealogist, the real-life value that reclaiming citizenship brings to your clients, and how important it is that you fully understand the nationality laws surrounding these cases before you take your first case. Without a thorough understanding of the law, you cannot advise your clients of the full value, responsibilities, and legal implications they may face subsequent to their reclamation of citizenship. Join us as we look at the nationality laws of several different countries and evaluate what is required to reclaim citizenship, what role a professional genealogist can and cannot play in the work, and why you might want to add this specialty to your list of professional offerings.

About the Presenter: Melanie D. Holtz, CG is a full-time professional genealogist, lecturer, and writer specializing in Italian genealogy and dual citizenship. She operates an international research firm that maintains offices in both the U.S. and Italy. Melanie is a board-certified genealogist who lectures and writes on Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, professional development, and genealogical standards. She is a former APG board member and chair of the Professional Development Committee, where she advocated for mentorship and expanded educational offerings within the organization. Melanie has published multiple Italian genealogy courses, as well as "The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Italy."

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